In a fiction I am writing when one of the characters returns home to his wife he finds here sister's there as well. when asked why they've been there for the past month one explains how they are looking for real estate.

The sister who says this is well off and comes from another world which is far advance so looked down on Earth as underdeveloped. I had a line like this in mind

Melly: we thought to get some real estate out here on the boonies
Chrono: please don't refer to Earth as the boonies

I originally thought of this as it is how Mimi Houllier von Schwarzlang refers to Totori's home of Alanya, however, googleing the definition of boonies in google I got

short for boondocks.

And a google definition search for that resulted in

rough or isolated country.

Going onto thesaurus.com for Synonym of boondocks and obviously boonies is in there so looking at it's Synonyms but none are really what I'd imagine someone who's well off would say.

Back to the boondocks synonyms and i saw backwards which is what Earth would be in comparison so I looked up it's Synonyms but it's roughly the same as what the boonies had. I did think of maybe Terra Incognita but it's definition is

unknown or unexplored territory.

However Earth is known, just monitored.

So I am wondering, what word can I use for "under-developed location" which would be said by someone who is well off/rich?

NOTE: the reason why Melly would be looking to move to earth is another sister is sickly and Melly believes that an under-developed world won't have any of the ailments which could aggravate the sister's condition (with lesser ones easily curable within a few minutes)

  • Please edit this and fix your typos. Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 4:54
  • @curiousdannii better? apart from maybe one word and the I's that chrome doesn't pick up i don't see any others
    – Memor-X
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 4:56
  • You left 'rel-estate' in! Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 4:57
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    @curiousdannii that didn't come up wrong in Chrome and i always thought it was relesate as in one word, not real estate as in 2 words (removing the space made it wrong)
    – Memor-X
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 5:00
  • You could use a little humor and similar to a third world country you could go up a level and use a "third solar system planet But that's probably stretching it a bit. @medica's got the answer.
    – Jim
    Commented Oct 30, 2014 at 5:30

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I don't want to mischaracterize rich people, but a common slang phrase for going somewhere of inferior "quality" is slumming it:

to endure conditions or accommodations that are worse than what one is accustomed to; to visit or frequent a place, esp. an amusement spot, considered low in social status. - TFD

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